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Key Elements of Fire Damage Assessment in Deer Park

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

A family watching a devastating fire.

Key elements of fire department assessment

One of the most devastating things that can happen to a homeowner is a fire. In a matter of minutes, years of hard work, financial investment and your personal property can go up in smoke. As you survey the damage, you might be tempted to think that your situation is hopeless and that you will never recover from this tragedy. This is not true. Depending on the extent of the damage, it is possible to restore your home to its original state. To find out if this is the case, it is necessary to perform a Deer Park fire damage assessment.

Who Provides a Fire Damage Assessment
After the fire, one of your first calls should be to your homeowners' insurance company. You need to do this before you start any clean up. Your insurance company can tell you whether you are covered for fire damage Deer Park, and arrange for an inspection to assess the damage if you are covered. You should also contact a professional restoration company to begin the clean up process. The restoration company will perform its own fire damage assessment. These assessments will let you know how severe the damage to your home is, what materials and equipment will be necessary for repairs, and finally whether it is safe for you to enter your home. During the inspection, you may accompany the inspector if it is safe. You may want to take a camera or video recorder so you can take pictures and video for your own records.

Elements of a Fire Damage Assessment Professional inspectors will go through your property to get an accurate assessment of the damages. Here are some of the main elements that go into a Deer Park fire damage assessment:

  • Superficial Damage: This typically covers the exterior of your home and the surrounding area. The inspector will check for objects that have melted, damage to chimneys and missing shingles. In addition, the inspector may check the integrity of your roof, the external surfaces of your home and your yard.
  • Internal Damage: The next step is to assess any internal damage to your home. Every room will be examined for damage to walls, ceilings, the roof, windows, ducts, vents, sinks and any other item that might be damaged. If you have a basement, the inspector will examine the foundation. If the foundation is damaged, this will require a massive effort to restore the home.

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